Egypt International Art Fair announces details of its second edition

Ahram Online , Tuesday 16 Feb 2021

Previously scheduled to take place in the middle of this month, the international art fair will kick off on 26 February

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The organisers of the second edition of the Egypt International Art Fair (EAF) revealed in an official press release that the event will take place between 26 and 28 February.

The fair was originally planned to kick off on 12 February and continue until the 14th.

The EAF will showcase the works of 120 artists from Egypt and the Arab region, some of them exhibiting their works for the first time in Cairo.

“This will be a great opportunity for all the artists and those involved in the artistic movement to develop a dialogue and exchange experiences and ideas,” the organisers commented.

From Syria, the fair will include prominent names such as Adel Daoud, Mohannad Orabi, Walid El-Masry, Edward Shahda, Houssam Ballan, among others.

Lebanon will be represented by George Bassil and Iraq by Sirwan Baran and Ali Nuri. The display will also include artists such as Salah Al-Murr from Sudan and Hakim Al-Aqeel from Yemen.

More than twenty artists from Egypt will join the fair, including Ahmed Abdel-Wahab, Sabri Mansour, Abdel-Ghaffar Shadid, George Bahgoury, Mohamed Abla, Abdel-Wahab Abdel-Mohsen, Fathi Afifi, Essam Maarouf, Islam Zahir, and Wael Darwish, among others. Additionally, the fair will present the remarkable works of the late artist Sami Rafi, who passed away in 2019.

The fair’s second edition will pay a special homage the late artist Omar El-Nagdi, who also passed away in 2019.

In this large scope of creative works, EAF hopes to present a multitude of artistic experiences marking the few generations of the Arab world.

“The upcoming edition is supervised by a board of trustees consisting of 12 members that include artists, businessmen, critics, and filmmakers from Egypt and the Arab world,” the press release clarifies.

Earlier this year, a member of the board, Mohamed Younes, said in a press release: “This session comes under exceptional difficult circumstances imposed on cultural activity and the global economy by the coronavirus pandemic. It requires more effort from us, however, despite the challenges, we are committed to holding this important event.”

“In such challenging times, the fair is a rare window of opportunity for the art movement in Egypt and the region to rise again and recover from this harsh ordeal that afflicted the region and the world at large.”

He added that the fair is “one of the important and ambitious international events that seek to create a dynamic communication between those interested in art, from institutions to individuals. We aim to showcase the creative practice in its widest and most comprehensive form, while boosting the relationship between arts and all other fields and activities.”

The organisers said all safety measures to avoid the spread of the coronavirus will be strictly adopted during the event.

The EAF will be held at Dusit Thani Lakeview Cairo.

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